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Utah Middle School Student Rylee MacKay Suspended for Having Distracting Hair
Rylee MacKay of Hurricane, Utah, was banned from classes at Hurricane Middle School because school administrators determined that her hair, which is dyed red, “didn’t fit on the spectrum of natural color” and is therefore a distraction.
According to KSL, MacKay, 15, will not be allowed back at school until she changes her hair to a more natural shade of red.
According to the girl’s mother, MacKay has been using the same shade of red to dye her hair since September.
“We talked to the hairdresser about the school rules and told her it had to stay in the natural color spectrum of red,” MacKay’s mother said. “At the time, the color of hair Rylee wanted, the hairdresser and I both felt maybe it was too red, a little too bright, and we made her tone it down.”
Apparently the bright tone of MacKay’s hair had school officials seeing red last week. They called MacKay’s parents to say that her hair had become problematic and that although the girl could finish out the school day, she wouldn’t be allowed back until her hair was different.
This is Section 3.1.4 of the Washington County School District dress code:
“Hair, including beards, mustaches and sideburns, should be groomed so that it is neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles are prohibited. Hair color should be within the spectrum of color that hair grows naturally.”
It is unclear exactly how this will play out, but Rylee’s mother is adamant that her daughter will be staying a redhead.
“I absolutely am not going to dye it brown. That is not an option,” she said. “My daughter feels beautiful with the red hair. Changing her hair really changed her; she really blossomed. When she got red hair, she got compliments, and even her teachers told her, ‘Wow, your hair is beautiful,' and it really helped her."